Attorney general files suit to stop recount

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit Friday morning on behalf of the people of the State of Michigan to stop a “frivolous request” by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to recount the entire state’s presidential election results by hand.

In a statement from Schuette’s office, the attorney general said the request to recount nearly 4.8 million votes cast in the Nov. 8 general election will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and threatens inclusion of Michigan’s electoral college votes when Congress convenes on Friday, Jan. 6.

“Michigan voters rejected Stein’s candidacy by massive margins but her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hard-working taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law,” said Schuette. “We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections. It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”

Schuette’s suit asks the Michigan Court of Appeals to order the Michigan Board of Canvassers to reject Stein’s request for a statewide hand recount because that request violates Michigan law — stating because she received less than 1 percent of the vote, she was not aggrieved “in any sense of that word,” the statement said.

Schuette also filed an emergency motion with the Michigan Supreme Court asking to bypass the Court of Appeals for immediate consideration.

Schuette’s suit also explains that Stein’s demand for a recount will be at the expense of Michigan taxpayers — she will pay only $787,500 of a bill Secretary of State Ruth Johnson estimates to be as much as $5 million.

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